US officials honor Maine trade office for boosting exports

The U.S. Department of Commerce gave the Maine International Trade Center its highest award for helping to promote and expand U.S. exports.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker presented the award to the Maine trade office Monday, complementing the organization for working to increase U.S. exports.

The group was one of 123 honorees receiving the annual “E” awards, created under President John F. Kennedy’s administration in 1961. Of those, 105 of the winners were small or medium-sized businesses.

The Maine International Trade Center, or MITC, was among 28 groups or companies recognized for continuing to support U.S. exports since first winning the “E” award. The center was nominated for the award by Jeffrey Porter, a regional Commerce Department representative who leads the department’s Export Assistance Center in Portland.

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